Where to buy barbell weights?
You buy barbell weights either at Rogue, Eleiko or Ivanko for good quality. Used plates can be found at eBay and Craigslist.
What is your why
Why do you want to get stronger
Why do you want to build muscle
What happens when you do
What happens if you don’t
These questions matter. They make the difference between your success and failure. Sit down and reflect on why you want to get fitter. This will make you more likely to succeed. Most people go about their lives like this:
What do I want
How do I get it
Why do I want it
What you want changes hundreds of times a day. This is why you will have a hard time to get anywhere when you focus on what you want. You will run in a hundred directions but arrive nowhere. Something interesting happens when you flip these questions on their head:
Why do you want something
How do you get it
What needs to be done
This way your actions and thoughts will become more connected to what matters most to you. The result will be a better version of yourself who will be more likely to achieve what you set out to do. If you want to know how this works on a psychological level read Daniel Kahneman's thinking fast and slow. Simon Sinek's TED talk on the golden circle will change your life.
Craigslist and eBay
Craigslist and eBay are good places to get barbell weights when you have time, little money and no preferences in design. Weight is weight and if that is all you are about to get it as cheap as you can. Look for people who move houses and just want to get rid of the barbell weight they have. If you are the only buyer, you might snap it up for very little money as long as you take care of shipping.
When you get used plates make sure they fit on a standard barbell. Otherwise, you might not be able to use them. Be also prepared to weigh and check them for actuals. Used or plates of poor quality have a tendency to not correspond with the weight named on the plate.
Rogue is a great place to get American made plates. If this is what you want, this is the place to go. Rogue manufacturers their product in Columbus, Ohio. They show their love for the area and strength throughout their entire portfolio.
Rogue tailors in all kind of plates ranging from steel to bumper and competition. The brand is especially popular in CrossFit and is making its way into Strongman, weightlifting and powerlifting events.
Eleiko is based in Europe and has been the gold standard of equipment for decades in the Olympic weightlifting scene. When you see weight being moved at the Olympics, they are most likely made by Eleiko.
If you are looking for competition bumpers which have rubber and steel, Eleiko has been making them
at high-quality standards for a long time. Especially in the USA, you see rogue catching up at local and national meets.
Ivanko has been the found standard of plates in powerlifting for a long time. If you watch older powerlifting footage you will more likely than not see some Ivanko plates. This also has been changed as of mate as Rogue is taking over.
Where to buy barbell weights
In the end, it is your choice where to get the best deal. Take care to get all your plates in one
go ideally. This saves on shipping costs as it is less costly to ship less often and in bulk. Rogue is solid across the board but make up your own mind during your research.